Compulsory Drug Education in Australian Schools sign now

This Petition will be presented to the Australian Federal Education Minister, the Hon. Julie Bishop.

The purpose of this position is in response to the dramatic increase of drug use especially in younger teens and in high schools. With the recent discussion of drug testing in schools, it is my proposal that a compulsory subject during year 8 should be implemented across all high schools, covering the topics of 'drug education (including alcohol & tabacco)', drug & sex education, self esteem-depression, peer pressure & building skills to say no.
In a report written by the Australian Institute of Health and welfare from the 2001 National Drug Strategy household survery, 82.4\% of 14-29 year olds who had taken illicit substances had done so due to curiosity, and it is estimated that 2,663,600 persons 14 years or older had taken an illicit substance in the past 12 months. Thats A Lot!!!!
The social, monetery and health impacts caused by the increased use of drug use is astronomical. This will especially become the case with younger generations who have not yet developed certain life skills and can be more prone to addiction.
Given that parents can either be unaware, unconfident or uninformed on the current drug issues and widespread acceptance of drug use it is very hard to ensure that the correct information is being passed on to our youth, especially in situations where the parent is the motivator or source of drugs in the home.
It is the government who needs to take action and implement the correct education to ensure the viability of Australia's future.
Please take the time to sign my petition or if you wish to discuss these points feel free to contact me.

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